Greg Holland

Member Artist

Greg Holland

About the Artist

More artworks are located at the link to my website below.

I’m continuing to explore relationships between people and their environments. I like creating images where faces and figures emerge from or recede into the background, and I often wonder, how do we know when we’ve become one with our surroundings?

The portrait is a favorite subject of mine; each face and figure unique. As a photographer, most of my knowledge and experience has been self taught, through trial and error, play, accidents, and experimenting. Since I have a BFA in painting, a lot of how I see the world is not so much through a lens, but rather through line, form, texture, and color. So with this photo series, my goal has been to shoot images that seem painterly. I want to create photos that don’t appear to be photos, but rather look like paintings. Ironically, where I find my lens often directed is to actual paint itself; layers of color, re-emerging again, pealing, through weathered, rusty layers. And to things like a car seat deteriorating; unfolding, revealing it’s layered textures, slowly over time. These images then become the backdrops for my portraits, and the face, a life and layer to yet another potential story.

Location: Fairfield, IA